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Questions with a Pro: John Slemp

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features John Slemp. John is an aviation photographer operating out of Atlanta, Georgia. He has been the Membership Chair for ASMP’s Atlanta Southeast Chapter in the past and now holds the position of President. He is a military veteran himself and is currently working on an extensive project focusing around WWII Bomber Jackets. Here, John details this project, explains what led him to being a licensed drone pilot, and…

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Questions with a Pro: Randal Crow

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Randal Crow. We asked: Please provide a brief background of yourself. Randal said: Starting out in 1989 as a photographer’s 1st assistant in a busy commercial studio, I polished my skills in a wide variety of areas. We were shooting tabletop products, fashion, executive portraits, groups, architecture, industrial locations, and in all formats up to 4×5. My B&W skills were further refined as I processed and printed a…

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Questions with a Pro: Leah Overstreet

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Leah Overstreet. For two decades, Leah Overstreet has specialized in portrait, lifestyle, and documentary photography for editorial and commercial clients. She has worked as an assistant photographer, a photo editor for magazines and a photo director for television. Here, Leah details her experience as Photo Director for MTV and how she got there, the steps it took to open up her Frontrunner Gallery in TriBeCa, and her strategies for overcoming…

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Questions with a Pro: Benton Henry

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Benton Henry. Benton is an architectural, aerial, commercial and industrial photographer covering the Southeastern region of the United States. He has been producing visual work for over 30 years and has expanded to book publishing during this time. He is an FAA licensed drone pilot, which has especially come in handy for his large scale architectural work. Here, Benton details how he found his niche in the photography industry, shares…

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Questions with a Pro: Eric Politzer

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Eric Politzer. Eric is a Los Angeles-based editorial portrait photographer, who focuses his work around music, dance, fitness, hospitality and higher education. He has worked closely with non-profit organizations to give voice to those who would not normally have one. Here, Eric speaks to how he gives voice to individuals through his photography, how he handles stress in the industry, and his thoughts on the future of photography….

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Questions with a Pro: James Farrell

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features James Farrell. James is a Brooklyn-based photographer specializing in photographing active individuals. He strives to convey the vision of what it really means to be an athlete through his photography. He works with countless big-name clients such as Nike, NFL, Forbes, and many others. Here, James explains how he decided to focus his career around athletes, advice about photographers getting paid for what they are worth, and his biggest stressor…

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Questions with a Pro: Dylan Buyskes

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Dylan Buyskes. Dylan is a Buffalo, New York-based photographer and founder of Onion Studio. Dylan and his team highly emphasize collaboration and communication, in order to adequately reflect the client’s vision through their own creative vision. His partner in both life and business is his wife, Robyn Buyskes. Here, Dylan details what it is like to be married to his business partner, what he learned growing up as the…

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Questions With a Pro: Jeremy Ruzich

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Jeremy Ruzich. Jeremy is a Kansas City-based photographer, artist, poet, and filmmaker who works to tell the stories of nonprofit organizations, small grassroots groups, churches, schools, and other groups that have a desire to get their stories out there. He keeps the viewer in mind when creating, which highly influences how he ends up approaching his work. Here, Jeremy details how he ended up specializing in non-profits, where he typically…

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Questions with a Pro: Nate Smith

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Nate Smith. Nate is a Baltimore-based architectural photographer and drone pilot specializing in large commercial properties. He combines his traditional photography experience with drone photography to deliver each client’s specific vision. Here, Nate describes his transition from video to still photography, the process of becoming an FAA certified drone pilot and how he decided to incorporate drones into his work, as well as some of his strategies for marketing and…

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Questions with a Pro: Andy Batt

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This week’s Questions with a Pro features Andy Batt. Andy is a Portland, Oregon based photographer with his work focused in advertising and marketing. Andy enjoys both large and small scale shoots and is known for his flexibility and adaptability. He has a very interesting philosophy regarding creativity maintenance that stems from John Cleese, which he outlines below. He also discusses how the photography industry has changed throughout his career, as well as his current personal project,…

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